Things to do in Paris: Tourist attractions part 2
In part 1 of the series, I shared my list of must-visit Landmarks and Historical sites in Paris. In this post, I share my list of things to do or must-visit Museums, Parks and Gardens. In part 3 of this series, I will be sharing my list of shopping and food in Paris. If you have not read part 1 of this blog, you can read it here.
A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of lifeThomas Jefferson
Paris offers plenty for culture and history buffs. The world-famous Louvre is a must visit, but there are a few other Museums that will help satisfy your cravings for culture.
Musée du Louvre
Located on the Right Bank of the Seine, The Louvre, or the Louvre Museum, is the world’s largest art museum. Its collections span several thousands of years including Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and the Venus de Milo. The Louvre is currently the world’s most visited museum
It is open 9 AM to 6 PM daily except Tuesdays when it is closed and the open times extend to 9.45 PM on Wednesday and Friday. The best time to visit the Museum is either in the early morning before the crowd builds up or on the night openings. You can book tickets online to save time.
The Musée d’Orsay is located on the Left Bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. The building itself is a marvel and is worth seeing even without its paintings. It is open from 9.30am to 6 pm, daily, except Mondays when it is closed and late night on Thursdays until 9.45pm. You can book tickets online here.
The Musée Rodin in Paris is dedicated to the works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. The museum includes nearly 400 pieces of art by Rodin among its galleries and surrounding gardens. Perhaps the most famous of Rodin’s sculptures, The Thinker, is showcased in the gardens opposite The Gates of Hell, a work that consumed him over the last three decades of his life. The Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 AM to 6.30 PM. You can book tickets online here.
Dedicated to the work of the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, The Musée Picasso is an art gallery located in the Hôtel Salé in rue de Thorigny. The museum collection includes more than 5,000 works of art and several thousands of archived pieces from Picasso’s personal repository, most of which were donated by Picasso’s family after his death in 1973. The museum is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10.30 AM to 6 PM and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9.30 AM to 6 PM. The Museum offers free entry for visitors under 18 years of age and for all visitors on first Sunday of every month, for all other days you can book your tickets here.
Parks and Gardens
Opened in 1992, Disneyland Paris is the second Disney park to open outside the United States following the opening of the Tokyo Disney Resort in 1983. It is located in Marne-la-Vallée, France, a new town located 32 km (20 mi) east of the center of Paris. Since its opening over 320 million people have visited the park, making it one of the most visited Disney parks in the world.
To book your tickets online head over to Disneyland Paris’s official website. The park offers various options, You can either book the park tickets separately or opt for a package that includes both hotel and park tickets.
The Luxembourg Gardens is just a short walk from both the Odéon and Notre-Dame des Champs metro stops. The garden is best enjoyed strolling while admiring the beauty of the garden. Throughout the gardens, you will find over 100 statues dating from the 19th century to the present including a miniature replica of the Statue of Liberty. It offers many activities and facilities for children such as puppets, rides, and slides. The garden Opens between 7.30am and 8.15am and closes between 4.30pm and 9.30pm according to the season.
Champ de Mars
Surrounding the Eiffel Tower, the Champ de Mars gardens provide the perfect venue for a picnic. Here you can enjoy a moment of true Parisian life. Parisians and tourists gather on its lawns to picnic, play music, and watch the Eiffel Tower’s twinkling lights at nightfall. One of the pleasant surprises you will find in the park is the Mur pour la Paix (Wall for Peace), built in March 2000, in front of the École Militaire. The park is always open.
The Trocadéro Gardens is one of the must-visit gardens when visiting the Eiffel Tower. Created for the Universal Exposition in 1937, this green space offers a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower dominating the capital. In the center of the garden is the famous Warsaw fountains which, with its 20 water cannons, offers a remarkable water display, especially on summer evenings when the illuminations around the fountains add to the attraction. The garden is always open.
Getting its name from the tile factories which previously stood on the site, the Tuileries gardens were re-landscaped in 1664 to give them their current French formal garden style. The gardens, which separate the Louvre from the Place de la Concorde, are a pleasant place for walking and for culture for Parisians and tourists. The garden has different opening hours based on the season but is always open between 7.30 AM to 7.30 PM.
I will be sharing part 3 of this series covering Shopping and food in Paris in the coming days. I would love to hear what is your list of must-visit Museums, Parks and, Gardens in Paris. Do tell me in the comments section, your thoughts on the post and about your experiences visiting Paris. Looking to start a conversation, head over to my Twitter handle.
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